At the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, Dr. Shaw has a great deal of experience supplying patients with dentures. People usually think of dentures as removable, but it is possible to make them permanent fixtures in a patient’s mouth through the use of mini-implants. These implants are much less taxing on the patient to install than implants for individual teeth, but can partially help to reinforce the jaw bone.
Mini-implants are narrow rods which can be placed into the patient’s jaw through simple incisions. The long osseointegration process required for full-size implants is unnecessary, as is the need for artificial crowns. Instead, the denture is modified to include holes in it for the mini-implants to slide into, as well as a gel cushion to squeeze and stick to them. The denture is kept securely in place by the mini-implants, not only reducing its risk of falling out, but also providing the jaw bone with more stability so that it will not change shape as much in the future. This reduces the number of refittings the patient will need to undergo. Mini-implants can be installed in a single visit to the office in a safe procedure requiring only conscious sedation.
Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit FrederickShawDDS.com and fill out a contact form.